The Official Tungsten Ring Guide - Everything You Must Know

The Official Tungsten Ring Guide has been constructed together by conducting in depth research, interviewing the experts who have worked with tungsten carbide for over 30 plus years and our own personal experience.

Are Tungsten Rings Safe?

Tungsten rings are safe in both emergency situations and safe to wear for the rest of your life. The tungsten ring safety portion of this guide is broken into two parts.

  • Part 1: Are Tungsten Rings Safe In Emergency Situations? 
  • Part 2: Can The Materials In Tungsten Rings Cause Bodily Harm? 

Are Tungsten Rings Safe In Emergency Situations? 

Part 1: Lets lay to rest the longest held myth about tungsten rings which is “Tungsten rings cannot be removed”. Tungsten ring can absolutely be removed in emergency situations. Many jewelers that do not carry tungsten rings have spread fake rumors that tungsten rings cannot be removed. They do this so you will purchase a more expensive ring.

Tungsten rings can be removed in a emergency situation. Almost all hospitals and emergency responders carry vice grips that can easily cut through any tungsten ring. Tungsten rings would not be one of the most popular wedding bands of choice if they were not removable.

Many experts say tungsten rings are safer to wear because they will break/shatter when they come under great amounts of pressure. Versus a solid gold ring that will bend around the finger and cause more damage. 

Can The Materials In Tungsten Rings Cause Harm?

Part 2: Is it safe to wear a tungsten ring for the rest of your life? Some people believe that wearing a tungsten ring can cause harm because toxins can leach into your skin. There is no research with any evidence of someone wearing a tungsten ring and becoming ill. The only way tungsten carbide has been reported to cause bodily harm is when tungsten is in it's powder state. This means you would have to breath in tungsten carbide dust before the ring is even made.

Can You Get A Tungsten Ring Resized?

However, tungsten rings are usually a fraction of the cost when compared to other types of mens rings such as, solid gold rings or platinum rings. If a tungsten ring becomes to large or to small many people will just purchase a second ring and they still would be saving money. Also, according to 40% of men will end up loosing their wedding ring which means they will end up purchasing another ring anyways. Personally, I rather lose a tungsten ring versus a $700 ring.

What Are Tungsten Carbide Rings?

You may be wondering “what exactly are tungsten carbide rings?”. Tungsten carbide rings are made from chemical compound tungsten and carbon atoms. Before a tungsten ring is made it begins in a powder form and then is pressed together to form the desired shape. Tungsten rings have became a popular ring of choice because of the hardness. It is much harder than diamonds and solid gold rings. It also is 10 times less likely to scratch than any-other rings. 

The True Durability Of Tungsten Rings

This is probably the most frequently ask question we receive… “How durable are tungsten carbide rings?”. We broke this question up in two part.

Part 1. How Brittle Are Tungsten Carbide Rings?

Part 2. Can Tungsten Rings really never scratch?

Part 3. Do Tungsten Ring Tarnish? 

How Brittle Are Tungsten Carbide Rings?

Part 1. Tungsten rings are not very brittle. If you drop a tungsten ring from a 100 ft, 99% of the time nothing will happen to it. The pressure it takes to crack or shatter a tungsten ring would be about equivalent to inserting a ring in vice grips and squeezing as hard as you could.  

Can Tungsten Rings Scratch? 

Part 2. Tungsten rings can be scratched but it is very unlikely. Tungsten rings that are silver in color are much more less likely to be scratched. The chance of someone ever scratching a tungsten rings are very slim which is why most jewelers will say they are scratch proof. You have a greater chance of nicking a tungsten ring vs scratching a tungsten ring.

Tungsten rings that are more prone to scratching are the ones that have plated color added to them such as an all black tungsten ring. However, even an all black tungsten ring is still less likely to ever scratch vs. any-other wedding ring such as a solid gold ring. 

Do Tungsten Rings Tarnish? 

Part3. Do tungsten rings tarnish? Unlike sterlings silver rings that DO tarnish. Tungsten rings will NOT tarnish. Tungsten rings that are plated using ION plating also will not tarnish.